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Accountant and Auditor Salary in Sector of Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services

The salary statistics of accountants and auditors in the industry sector of professional, scientific, and technical services are shown in Table 1. In Table 2 we compare accountant and auditor salaries in different industries within the professional, scientific, and technical services sector.

Average Annual Salary of Accountants and Auditors

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$41,750
25th Percentile Wage
$53,850
50th Percentile Wage
$69,260
75th Percentile Wage
$95,220
90th Percentile Wage
$131,150

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for accountants and auditors in the industry sector of professional, scientific, and technical services. The salaries are shown in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) accountants and auditors is $131,150. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $69,260. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent paid accountants and auditors is $41,750.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of accountants and auditors in the industry sector of professional, scientific, and technical services from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201669,2601.16%6.01%
201568,4602.06%-
201467,0500.42%-
201366,7702.50%-
201265,100--

Compare Accountant and Auditor Salary in Different Industries within the Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services Sector

The average salaries of accountants and auditors in 16 industries in the professional, scientific, and technical services sector are shown below. We note that within this industry sector, the salaries vary among different industries. The highest paying industry for accountant and auditor occupations is the research and development in the physical, engineering, and life sciences industry with an annual salary $77,360. The lowest paying industry is the veterinary services industry (annual salary $58,460). For detailed accountant and auditor salary information in a particular industry, use the links provided below.

Industry Name Median Annual Salary
Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences
$77,360
Scientific Research and Development Services
$77,180
Research and Development in the Social Sciences and Humanities
$75,220
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services
$74,490
Computer Systems Design and Related Services
$73,930
Testing Laboratories
$73,170
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services
$72,100
Engineering Services
$72,100
Specialized Design Services
$72,000
Legal Services
$71,560
Photographic Services
$70,500
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services
$70,400
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$69,260
Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services
$68,130
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$67,760
Veterinary Services
$58,460

Data source: The national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].



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